With a single tweet, President Donald Trump turned what was once a right-wing Israeli fantasy into reality with his announcement that it was time for the U.S. to recognize Israel’s control of the Golan Heights.
Trump’s call undercuts the United Nations’ prohibition against conquering and annexing another country’s sovereign territory, and comes about two weeks before Israelis head to the polls to determine which party will head the next government.
Quite simply: The ramifications for U.S. foreign policy and Israeli politics are massive. The White House move put the Middle East on edge, broke with decades of U.S. policy, emboldened the Israeli settler movement and raised fresh questions about how serious Trump is about an equitable peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians. It also excited an Israel-loving evangelical Christian base that Trump needs to turn out in 2020 to win a second term.
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